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Community Spotlight: Fantasy Genre?

Posted Jan 03, 2007 by Jon Wood

Community Spotlight: Fantasy Genre?

Jon Wood returns with a new Community Spotlight. This time, Jon shines the light on a thread about the fantasy genre, and gives his opinion on the subject.

Zindaihas started an interesting topic in The Pub the other day. He asked something that I hear asked time and time again whenever I'm talking about MMORPGs. "Are gamers really tired of the Fantasy genre?"

"When asked by other posters on this forum for new ideas," he said, "I consistently see people say they want to see a setting in a world other than a fantasy world. I can understand that. It is overwhelmingly the genre of choice for developers, probably because there are so many possibilites with it and it is probably about as far from the dreary world of reality as you can get. But after being done over and over again, it might get kind of old for some. Is this the case? Is it possible to create a different MMO with as many options as the fantasy genre?"

"I played City of Heroes for a while which is a very interesting idea, but has its limits. I was a little turned off by the lack of items you could acquire as you can in a fantasy world. For me, I don't care if they keep coming out with fantasy MMOs, I just want them to be good. When I think of new ideas, I think of new ideas to improve the already popular fantasy world. How about you?"

You can read the whole column here.


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